Libby Denkmann

Veterans and Military Reporter

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Libby Denkmann is KPCC's veterans and military reporter. She focuses on stories about active duty servicemembers, veterans and their families in Southern California.

Libby joined KPCC in 2016 as a fill-in host on Take Two, and later served as interim host of KPCC's Morning Edition. She is a regular fill-in host for Larry Mantle's AirTalk on KPCC and her reporting can be heard nationally on APM's Marketplace Morning Report.

Before joining KPCC, Libby was the afternoon drive anchor and a reporter on KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles. She began her journalism career in her native Seattle with the CBS News affiliate KIRO Radio. During nearly a decade at KIRO, Libby was a reporter and producer of several programs: The Dave Ross Show, Ross and Burbank, and The Ron and Don Show. Her work was part of the 2015 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Continuing Coverage of the deadly Oso, Washington landslide. She is a graduate of The University of Washington's Jackson School of International Studies.

Stories by Libby Denkmann

More veterans are heading west to fight a new battle: Worsening wildfires

“Fighting fires exercises all those things that you really got used to in the military that you lost when you joined civilian life.”

VA looks at car camping, temporary shelters for West LA veterans

Housing is slowly arriving on the West L.A. VA campus. In the meantime, the agency is considering all sorts of options to shelter veterans faster.

What happened when veterans fixed up a Watts playground

The Gonzaque Village housing complex needed a bit of TLC. A veterans' group needed a project. Together, they achieved something wonderful.

At Camp Pendleton workshop, troops will learn to fix BMWs

BMW has opened a new workshop to train service members to be auto technicians. Dealers hope the program will address a worker shortage.

Tom Hanks is making his Los Angeles stage debut at the VA

Hanks is set to play one of Shakespeare's most beloved characters onstage at the West LA VA in June. There are 2,000 free tickets for troops and veterans.

LA County wants 'battle buddies' network to help veterans

The L.A. County Board of Supervisors asked for a plan to create a peer network for veterans to help other veterans connect to housing, legal help and more.

How yoga and mindfulness are helping veterans in LA

Los Angeles could serve as a model in an agency-wide transformation offering VA patients mindfulness and other techniques to manage challenges like pain and PTSD.

Extreme weather could be hurting California's military bases

Climate change is still a political hot button, but the Pentagon is preparing for the worst with a recent survey of military bases.

How a Trump executive order will tackle veteran suicides

VA Secretary David Shulkin has pledged to reduce veteran suicides. Critics say there are questions about how the troubled agency will expand services.

Troops face a big retirement choice in 2018. Are they ready?

1.7 million members of the military must decide whether to opt-in to the new Blended Retirement System, which takes financial savvy they may not be prepared with.

Can veterans be penalized for using pot? Answer is hazy

KPCC asked the VA to clarify if veterans could face repercussions for using recreational pot. We're still waiting for an answer.

After 15 years, deported Marine Corps veteran is home for Christmas

Marine Corps veteran Marco Chavez hugged his father at the border crossing in San Diego on Thursday, when he stepped onto American soil for the first time since his deportation 15 years ago.

Altadena man files claim after Pasadena police break his leg

A man involved in a Nov. 9 traffic stop at an Altadena gas station says Pasadena Police officers beat him repeatedly. He filed a claim for damages Wednesday.

LA ethics panel wants more transparency from lobbyists

Among the proposed rules: lobbyists would have to disclose the dates they were in contact with L.A. city officials and the titles of those officials.

An original Rosie the Riveter takes flight

After a half-century career building airplanes, 98 year old Elinor Otto was honored with a special military flight out of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside.